I’m Feeling The Bern In The NY Presidential Primary

Bernie does right thing


I’m doing the right thing and voting for Bernie tomorrow in the New York primary–first time since 1992 that my vote will have any impact on the eventual Democratic Presidential nominee! Come to think of it, I voted against a Clinton back then, too!

It seems like I usually support the insurgent candidates over the establishment picks: Kennedy then Commoner over Carter; Jackson over Mondale, Jackson over Dukakis, Harkin and then Brown over Clinton, Nader over Clinton, Bradley then Nader over Gore, Dean then Kucinich over Kerry, Obama over Clinton, H. Only Obama in 2008 won as an insurgent. My only establishment candidate that I supported wire to wire was Obama in 2012.

In the general elections, I ended up voting for the Democratic candidates Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton (in 1992), Kerry and Obama. I voted third party in 1980 (Commoner–Citizen’s Party), 1996 and 2000 (Nader–Green Party.)

I’m excited about the enthusiasm and idealism of the young voters supporting Bernie–and hopeful that his fresh take on policy will continue to move the Democratic Party’s agenda closer to my home turf on the left. All three Democratic Presidents that have won since I became eligible to vote in 1978 paid lip service to the things I care the most about: increasing the ability of unions to organize, dealing with our country’s mass incarceration problem, ensuring that issues of poverty and housing are part of our nation’s political dialogue. Carter (and the economy) was too weak to get anything done, Clinton ran a campaign repudiating traditional liberal values and Obama has delivered on parts of the liberal agenda–but actively explored things such as the sequester and other versions of his perceived “Grand Bargain” with conservatives that would gut traditional New Deal programs (while muttering about liberals’ bad attitudes about the need to sacrifice our values in order to have “bipartisan cooperation in Washington.)

Yes, I will vote for whomever gets the Democratic nomination–because the GOP cannot be allowed to turn back the clock on all the social and economic programs that liberals have championed–and let’s be honest, Republicans would attempt to repeal every program designed to help families, children, women, ethnic/racial minorities, disabled and the poor–passed by Democratic Presidents from FDR through Obama. Oh, and we also have a chance to reverse the conservative influence of the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future!

But tomorrow: I will feel the Bern!

Bill Clinton, Hillary’s Campaign and #BlackLivesMatter


Former President Bill Clinton’s “spirited defense”  of his 1994 Crime Bill and his record on civil rights during an event for his wife’s Presidential campaign was inspired by either his ego or as a calculated effort at appealing to white voters that Hillary’s campaign is currently not attracting.  In either case, it was a misstep–one that the Clinton’s are already walking back.

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25 Reasons To Celebrate The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act


25. Lifts on all Centro buses make it possible for passengers with disabilities to take public transit. (scroll to pages 6 and 7)

24. Closed caption glasses at Regal Cinemas allow deaf movie goers to enjoy watching movies in theaters.

23. Newly constructed buildings open to the public must be made accessible and the existing public spaces are required to be retrofitted for access where possible.

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“Would You Rather” Book Tag Tour

My friend Mitch Mitchell of the Syracuse Wiki (among other blogs) tagged me in one of those blogger challenges. This one was about reading–so I jumped on it!

I’m supposed to tag other bloggers–although several of the folks I read regularly already seem to have been tagged. So, if you want to do this–feel free!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?
I would much rather read stand-alone books than trilogies. The best part of having read a good piece of fiction is to speculate on what happened to the characters. Oftentimes the official sequels are quite disappointing. Interesting question given the fact that we are on the cusp of the publication of Harper Lee’s alternative take on “To Kill A Mockingbird.” 50+ years after the original. Even though this book was written before—it deals with the same characters 20 years later. Apparently it takes Atticus Finch to some dark places.

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Owning My Disability

“I am a person with a disability.” I believe that this is the first time I have ever written this sentence. I just finished a post explaining the Americans with Disabilities Act–and realized that it was littered with personal possessives: “we” “our people” “us” “our.” I have been organizing for disability rights for a little less than a year and I was worried some might feel I was inappropriately identifying myself with others in the disability rights movement. I am not trying to appropriate another’s culture. I not only organize for disability rights, I am disabled and benefit from increased rights for people with disabilities. Continue reading “Owning My Disability”

Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

ada25_adalegacytourThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, popularly referred to as the ADA. The ADA is a companion to the landmark Civil Rights Acts passed in the 1960’s that outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin. The ADA prevents discrimination against people with disabilities in a wide range of activities and mandates that many private and all public services should be made accessible.

When the ADA was passed, it set its sights on several key areas of our society where people with disabilities faced discrimination and isolation. The law was drafted to cover the actions of employers, government agencies, providers of public transportation, telecommunication companies and the owners of any accommodations open to the general public.

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